How To Get Rid Of Bugs Indoors

How to Get Rid of Bugs Indoors

While it seems impossible to keep bugs out of your home all the time, here are some tips to evict them and keep them out. 

Bugs like being in a nice home for the same reasons you do. They want to have food, water, and shelter. If they can find these three basic needs in your home, they’re moving in. Bugs that are commonly found inside homes include ants, cockroaches, earwigs, firebrats, flies, house centipedes, silverfish, and spiders. Pet owners also have to deal with fleas and ticks in the house. Each of these bugs show up at different times of the year, and some are more problematic in certain parts of the country than others. 

Don’t Let Bugs Feel at Home

Tiny gaps around the front door and torn window screens… these are giant “Welcome” signs inviting bugs into your home. While it seems impossible to keep bugs out of your home all the time, here are some easy ways to help reduce their number: 

Seal Up Cracks and Openings

Take a look at your screens, windows, and doors. If you see any cracks or holes, caulk or repair them immediately. Add new weather stripping around your door to not only keep out bugs, but also to limit cold drafts. Little cracks and openings are wide-open doors for bugs. 

Clean Up The Kitchen

You aren’t the only one going to the kitchen for a late-night snack – bugs are too! Different bugs like different foods, including flour, cereals, baking mixes, crackers, dried pasta, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, and even spices. Ants love the sweet stuff. Indian meal moths (a.k.a. “grain moths”) love rice, flour, cereal, and nuts. Flour beetles prefer a broad range of food including flour, cake mixes, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, and spices. Ensure that your food is stored in tightly sealed containers and purchase small packages that can be used up in a shorter period of time. Keep your floors and counters clean and clear of food crumbs. To keep bugs out of your flour, you can store it in the freezer. And don’t forget about your pet’s food; bugs, like the Indian meal moth, will eat that as well.

Dry Up Damp Areas

Bugs aren’t just looking for food – they are also searching for water. There are some bugs, such as silverfish, springtails and house centipedes, prefer to hang out in damp places. Fix any leaky faucets, drains, or pipes. Make sure your air conditioner, washing machine, and dryer are all working properly. In damp areas of the house, run a dehumidifier. Also, don’t forget to check the attic to make sure it’s dry!

Clean & Sweep Regularly

Keeping a clean house helps keep bugs away, especially in the kitchen where crumbs from food can accumulate. Make sure you empty your trash cans regularly, and vacuum weekly. Don’t forget to clean your kitchen-sink and bathtub drains; drain flies will live in there and fly out to look for food. Use a drain cleaner on a regular basis to keep these pests from becoming a problem. Avoid stacks of magazines, newspapers, and boxes—cockroaches love to hang out in them.

Keep The Outside Free of Debris.

Firewood stacks, compost bins, and yard waste are the best hiding places for bugs that might move indoors. Make sure these places are away from the house. Before you bring your firewood inside, check it for bugs hitching a free ride. Remove any standing water in your yard – it can quickly become a breeding area for mosquitoes. Keep landscape beds free of weeds and plant debris which can harbor insect pests, and keep plant branches pruned away from the foundation of your house.

Kill The Bugs You See

To stop small bug problems from becoming big bug problems indoors, control the problem as soon as possible. Find the best pest products that work for you to control the insect population inside and outside your home. 

Create a Barrier to Keep Bugs Out

Find a product that works for you to create a bug barrier inside your home around windows, doors, and along baseboards.

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How to Clean Your Dryer Vent and Other Quick Tips

Protect Your Clothes and Possibly Your Home and Family — With These Easy Tips

When you don’t take care of your dryer, you can run into several issues including longer dry times, which leads to shrunken clothes and heat-damaged fabrics. It can also increase your electric bills and cost you more money since the dryer is the least energy efficient appliance in your home!

Another symptom of poor dryer maintenance is that your dryer’s automatic cycles may become uncalibrated which leads to damp clothes or over-dried clothing. 

Finally, a dryer that has not been maintained is a serious fire hazard. Statistics show that nearly 7,000 fires, 200 injuries, and 10 deaths are attributed to dryer fires every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of the blazes. 

Here’s how to get the most our of your dryer when it comes to performance, efficiency, and safety in a few simple steps: 

  1. Empty the Lint Screen

    This needs to happen every time you use the dryer. Every Single Time. If you allow lint to build up on the screen, headed dryer air won’t move through the machine, which will extend drying times.

  1. Clean the Dryer Vent

    Even if you empty the lint screen every time you use the dryer, small fibers will still get through the trap and into your dryer vent. Over time, this lint can slowly begin to accumulate, to the point where even the smallest of sparks could lead to a serious fire inside the dryer vent. That’s why it’s essential to empty out the dryer vent every few months, depending on how much you use your dryer.

    It’s a pretty simple task, assuming you can just pull the dryer away from the wall a few feet. Always unplug the dryer from the power source or disconnect it from your circuit breaker. Then, separate the vent from the dryer and use a vacuum to clean it out.

  2. Clean the Moisture Sensors

    Most high-quality dryers all have moisture sensors that work with auto-dry cycles to determine how damp the laundry is, and to turn off the machine when the clothes are dry. After use, these sensors can get covered with film, especially if you are using dryer sheets. This buildup prevents the dryer from knowing when your laundry is dry, leaving it damp or over-dried.

    To fix this, clean the sensors with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol a few times a year. The sensors are located just inside the dryer, underneath the door. Look for thin metal bars, about 6” long, with a slight curve that follows the contour of the door. Check your owner’s manual for their exact location.

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Make Your Business Resilient

Make Your Business Resilient

Did you know that between 40-60% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster? That statistic is shocking to us, and we are here to help. If you are a small business, you must have a disaster recovery plan in place to limit and lessen the amount of damage that an unexpected disaster can have on your business. 

How to be Prepared

Make an evacuation plan and exercise it regularly. You can never be too prepared for an emergency, should one ever arise. 

Know how you’ll notify your employees, customers, and stakeholders of an emergency. Create a communications plan that is clear, concise, and that you can communicate under pressure. You may want to consider announcing what happened on social media so that you can communicate with your customers in the clearest way possible. 

Have redundancy for key resources like power, equipment, and supplies. Some things are hard to replace, but if you have a plan for an emergency situation, it will be easier should a disaster ever happen. Create a back up of employee information, computer files, paperwork, and client information and store it in a safe, protected location off-site. 

Create a Business Continuity Plan to become operational again quickly. By having a plan, you are already one step ahead of most businesses and are more likely to bounce back from an emergency situation since you had planned for it. Following a disaster, 90% of smaller companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. Meanwhile, 20% of larger companies spend over 10 days per month on their continuity plans. 

Be Prepared for Everyday Disasters: 

Burst Pipes – Contact a mitigation specialist before any disaster happens so that you have an emergency response plan in place. 

Server Failure – Back up important files and store them remotely off site to ensure that you are protected. 

Fires – Create a fire evacuation plan and practice it with your employees. Maintain this plan and continually work to improve it so that you can ensure everybody’s safety over time. 

Disaster Recover Plan

Retain copies important records including: Insurance policies, contracts, and employee records. 

Redundancy: Store additional installation disks, software licensing keys, hardware inventory with serial numbers, and equipment in a fireproof safe in order to ensure that your company is ready for an emergency. 

Emergency Supplies: Cash, water, first aid kits, paper towels, garbage bags, food…encourage your employees to have emergency kits at the office, in the event of a disaster during the work day.

For more information about disaster preparedness, visit www.fema.gov

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